It was the biggest motor rally ever seen in the Gulf region and a race to decide the regional championship.
1. SV AND PAN Cars No. 1 and 3 starting from a platform (2 shots) 0.14
2. SV AND PAN Cars No. 3, 1 and 2 racing on a desert track (5 shots) 1.36
3. SCU Car No. 3 driving up a platform 1.43
4. SV Winners Michel Saleh and Tony Samia standing on the hood of their car 1.47
5. SV Car No. 2, winner of the second place driving up to the platform 1.51
6. GV PAN Crowd watching 1.54
7. SV Saeed al Hajri and John Spiller, winner of the second place, standing on the hood of their car 2.00
SPORT: MOTOR RALLY
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It was the biggest motor rally ever seen in the Gulf region and a race to decide the regional championship. Defending champion, expatriate Chris Walles with his Datsun Silvia, car No. 1, needed to finish the 600 kilometres (373 miles) Rally ahead of his only challenger, car No. 2 -- the Opel of Saeed al Hajri of Qatar. Walles started well over the stony desert tracks but the Open driver soon edged into a fractional lead. With their minds on the overall title, rather than victory in the rally, both played a tactical game and allowed Kuwait's Michel Saleh with a Range-Rover, car No. 3, to push ahead. Then Walles hopes faded when he broke a fan belt. After surviving the hazardous course, Saleh crossed the line first with Saeed al Hajri in second place, which was enough for the Qatar driver to clinch the overall Gulf Rally Championship. The race took a heavy toll a competitors, almost half the field ground to a halt with blown gaskets, broken axles or mangled gear boxes. Although rallying is a relatively young sport in the Gulf region, FISA (the ruling body on World Motor Sports) is considering a World Championship event within the next few years.
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